Originally Posted by philthy
PokerKid mentioned not basing your raises on the strength of your hand. In MTT's I have to disagree with this. [This is during the early to mid stages] Assuming there is no limpers, I might raise 3-3.5BB with hands like mid pairs, suited connecters, suited Aces, K10, etc. But with bigger pairs or hands like AK, QQ+ I might raise it 5-6x BB just to get more value on my hands. The argument is I might be giving my hand strength away with my raises, but I'm usually not at the same table that long/dont get big hands that often for many players to pick up on this. So, I think this something that can be safely incorporated into you PFR game.
I absolutely agree, and my not including this in my previous post was shortsighted.
Using the same raise sizes for strong and weak hands is used to balance your range and make you less predictable. The more you balance your play the less you exploit your opponent's weaknesses.
If they really wont notice, then varying your raise size based on your hand strength is optimal but the more exploitive you play the more exploitable you become, so if they do catch on you'd better adjust quick.